The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium manages and offers several fellowships each year in conjunction with the National Sea Grant College Program and other federal partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

– The NOAA/Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (CLOSED FOR 2024)

An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 15, 2024, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program that has an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree must be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories. This opportunity matches graduate students interested in ocean resources and the national policy decisions affecting them with “hosts” in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year paid fellowship. The length of assignment is one-year (non-renewable) and dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2025 through January 31, 2026.

Application information may also be found HERE. Additional details can be obtained from the eligible Sea Grant programs.


Applications must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by Friday, February 15, 2024 by 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Interested applicants must apply through their local Sea Grant Program. New Jersey applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to Dr. Peter Rowe a minimum of one month prior to the state application deadline to provide notification of their intent to apply and request application support. Applicants should also allow sufficient time to schedule an interview at the program’s request.

– The National Marine Fisheries Service/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics (CLOSED FOR 2024)

Since 1990, Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the US (and its territories) and who are working towards a doctorate degree with a focus in quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems and/or marine resource economics. Only US citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

The two opportunities, Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics, have been combined into one NOFO for 2024. Separate review panels will still be held, therefore all applicants must indicate their concentration – either Population and Ecosystem Dynamics (PED) or Marine Resource Economics (MRE) – on their cover sheet.  The request for federal funding has been increased to $53,000 per year for up to three years. Learn more about the NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program here.

Please click HERE for the full instructions package. And for a “quick guide,” please click HERE.

Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on January 25, 2024. Both portions of this competition are under one funding number. New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe at the NJSGC with any questions or concerns.

The NOAA Office of Coastal Management (OCM)/Sea Grant Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program (CLOSED FOR 2024)

This program offers on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and provides assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and NOAA partners. The fellowship positions start in August 2024 and are available with host agencies (list available here).

Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found at coast.noaa.gov/fellowship (or view this flyer for more information).

For the 2023 fellowship, applicants must complete a Master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2024 to be eligible. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the host organizations. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Application for the 2022 Coastal Management Fellowship Program must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where the student is receiving their degree by Friday, January 26, 2024 5pm local time. New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe at the NJSGC with any questions or concerns.



PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in New Jersey or are a New Jersey resident you must apply for the above mentioned fellowships through New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Students DO NOT submit their applications for these fellowships into Grants.gov. That is done by the local program.

Please contact Dr. Peter Rowe at 732-872-1300 x31 for further information regarding this process.


If any of the following NOAA websites and associated links are not available due to a lapse in appropriation, we will provide update as soon are more information is available. If you are unable to access a specific document, please contact skreisler@njseagrant.org.